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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1460 Environmental Science for Environmental Management

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Evgenia Ilyinskaya

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE1010Intro to the Environment
SOEE1014Intro to Environmental Science
SOEE1024Introduction to Environmental Science (Semester 2)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Understand the basics of physical environmental science of the atmosphere, oceans, geosphere and biosphere.
2. Understand the (typically complex) nature of environmental science issues.
3. Understand the science of environmental issues at different spatial levels; local, regional and international.
4. Understand how environmental science can inform an effective approach to environmental management.
5. Effectively interpret and communicate environmental science issues to different interest and users groups, for example, public sector management, policy-makers, business people, consumers etc.
6. Apply the necessary IT and communication skills to communicate environmental sciences issues to non-science interest groups.


1. Our Environment: An exploration of the evolution of the Earth's environment and of the progressive exploitation of environmental resources by humankind
2. Atmosphere: An introduction to its structure, composition, energy and circulation
3. Hydrosphere: An appreciation of the world's water environment
4. Earth: An understanding of the world's geological structure and composition
5. Biosphere: An introduction to the rich diversity of life on Earth: its composition, evolution and interrelationships
6. How environmental science informs environmental management.
7. IT and library skills: an introduction to the relevant IT/multi-media software and hardware required to complete module assessment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours188.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

88 hours: reading and consolidation of course material
40 hours: completion of computer-based MCQ test, including reading and revision
60 hours: final assignment preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided during self-administered computer based MCQ tests, with diagnostic feedback; bulletin board; individual advisory sessions as required.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer ExerciseComputer-based test (MCQ) x420.00
EssayScientific essay (1,500 words) drawing on lecture and computer learning experiences80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/08/2023 15:41:24


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